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From The Sunday Times, UK, May 8, 2005

The intellectual's guide to fashion: Video phones

Professor Gideon Garter

After the 1916 publication of Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics, the academic world awoke to the notion that words have no inherent value except as symbols within a pre-agreed (and arbitrary) system of meaning. The connotative power of simple phonemes (collectively called language) allowed man to develop his full mental potential and gave us not just conversation but also poetry, philosophy and law. In the 20th century, the telephone gave language a great boost by stripping away the physical boundaries that had circumscribed it, allowing meaning to be imparted instantly across great distances. Now there is the video phone, which enables people to capture objects and events on film, then send them over those distances without bothering to engage their fat heads in any linguistic process at all — a process as straightforward as a chimpanzee holding up a banana. Technology has finally succeeded in making language redundant and turned men back into monkeys.



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Klaus Herrmann  Identity Verified
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Would have loved to reply... May 8, 2005

...but don't know how to upload a video here.

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Stuck for words? May 8, 2005

What - no link to your webcam?

If you are indeed uncharacteristically stuck for words, you'll just have to say it with flowers, darling!

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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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not quite May 8, 2005

Didn't we already have that with music video clips?

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Tenuous Link May 8, 2005

If men are the monkeys, are women the organ grinders?

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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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Monkeys May 9, 2005

jerrie wrote:

If men are the monkeys, are women the organ grinders?


You wish!


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